We're in the thick of it again here in Capstone Product Development--deadline season. And on top of the usual stress of the job, we have implemented several new processes this season that add to the tension. Everyone has a plate overflowing, and not with mashed potatoes or ice cream, or anything you'd actually want. We have plates overflowing with co-prints, indesign layers, consultant comments, and leveler comments, and a host of other things that are not tasty at all--necessary, but not tasty. Amidst the chaos, I just have to give a shout out to my coworkers. They are the reason I make it through the melee, every time it hits.
So let me say this:
To my designer, powering through every new step of the co-print process with me LIKE A BOSS--thank you!
To my other designers who've had to wait while I work on titles with earlier deadlines and then crank through their design once I finally get them something to work with--you are amazing!
To the editors who take on co-print routes and leveling routes--I couldn't do this without you--and I probably couldn't do what you do either. Thank you!
To the media researcher who has had to wait for my manuscripts to be ready for FAR too long and then turns around and cranks out photos to pick from--bless your heart!
To my other media researcher who contacted random people off the internet just to get us the very coolest, best photos for our books, you are a rockstar!
To the pre media person who gets a file ready to go to the vendor at break-neck speed--you are my hero!
And to everyone I pass in the hall who lends a quick smile, joke, or commiseration, you keep me sane. What would I do without you?
I've been at Capstone 11 1/2 years now. I've been through deadline season 23 times. My coworkers get me through it each time. You guys are the best. We are a team. We crank through what needs to be done with determination and a positive attitude. We care about these books. We care more about the kids who will read them. I'm so glad to be in the publishing trenches with you guys. You're the heart and soul of Capstone books, and you rock!
Mandy Robbins, Senior Editor